Tips on Shipping a Motorcycle
By Chris Ward
There is just something about the way a motorcycle feels when you’re rumbling down the road. Whether it’s the roar of the engine or the wind in your face, nothing beats riding a motorcycle.
There may come a time however, when riding just isn’t feasible. Sometimes there’s not enough time to ride to and from your favorite rally so you either haul it or hire a shipper to deliver it for you. If you choose to have it shipped, here’s a few things to consider to ensure the shipment goes smoothly.
Get a Good Quote
It’s easy to get quotes online, but be careful when doing so. Some companies will offer extremely low rates just to hook customers, but will add extra fees once the motorcycle shipment has been scheduled. If a quote sounds too good to be true, chances it is. Ask upfront if the quote is all-inclusive to be sure the company will not try to tack on more charges later. You should get no less than five quotes so you can compare rates as well as services offered by each company. Websites like www.a1autotransport.com/motorcycles/ can be used for comparison shopping to save time.
How to Ship
You can ship a motorcycle with door-to-door service where the driver will come to your address to pick the bike up or deliver it or you can often choose to have the motorcycle shipped to or from a terminal. Door-to-door is the most common way. To save a little cash, many people will opt for terminal transport if it is available in the area the bike will be picked up or delivered. Be sure to ask about your options before you schedule motorcycle shipping.
Moving Your Extras
When you ship a motorcycle, you can take advantage of having saddlebags or a topcase and pack extra gear, rain gear, or a tool roll inside. For items you can’t squeeze into saddlebags defer to companies like USPS, UPS or FedEx.
Be sure to have your keys with you. Don’t take the chance of your keys getting misplaced or lost.
Carefully inspect your motorcycle before it is loaded and when it is delivered to make it didn’t get damaged. Take a picture of your bike before shipping for proof. It’s also very important to make sure the company you hire has adequate insurance coverage to cover your bike during shipment. All carriers in the U.S. are required to have valid insurance coverage for all motorcycles they ship.